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The Anything-but-Housing Secretary

On Capitol Hill, Ben Carson revealed he’s barely interested in the mission of the department he’s about to run.

Jan. 11 2017 3:15 PMBen Carson Is an Insult to HUDThen again, the federal government has been mocking its own housing agency for half a century.
Dec. 30 2016 4:31 PMThe Best Things America Built in 2016A museum. A medical school. A synagogue. What we can learn from the most striking architecture of the year.
Nov. 20 2016 8:01 PMNot in Our TownCan American cities stop Trump from deporting millions?
Nov. 8 2016 5:51 AMWe Make Voting Feel GoodA 17-hour day. A lousy paycheck. And a chance to restore faith in the democratic process. Here’s what it’s like to be a poll worker.
Sept. 19 2016 4:16 PMPhoenix Has Beef With ArizonaFrom guns to puppies, the state keeps telling its citizens they can’t have the laws they want.
Aug. 29 2016 10:01 PMWhy Airports Can’t Stop False AlarmsBecause they require finding and isolating a threat that’s not there—and because civilians’ panic is completely rational.
July 26 2016 3:51 PMHow the Philadelphia Police Chilled Out About ProtestersThey were notoriously aggressive toward activists. Now they’re treating them with a softer touch.
July 18 2016 3:49 PMWhy Bicycling Infrastructure Fails BicyclistsBecause cities aren’t building complete networks—and police aren’t keeping them safe.
June 20 2016 11:10 AMUnder Armour’s Slam-Dunk DealThe apparel company’s owner is pursuing a real estate deal that will expand its footprint and help transform Baltimore. Is he asking too much of the city to do so?
May 4 2016 5:30 AMBulldoze Jane JacobsThe celebrated urban thinker wrote the blueprint for how we revitalize cities. It’s time to stop glorifying her theories.
April 22 2016 11:02 AMHow Minneapolis Made PrinceHis impeccable taste, adventurous sound, and career-spanning restlessness fermented in the city he never left.
April 4 2016 1:30 PMWhy America’s Public Transportation Is CrumblingThe D.C. Metro isn’t the only system that’s suffering after decades of deferred maintenance. Here’s where it went wrong.
March 17 2016 11:44 AMWhy More Americans Are Getting EvictedThe practice used to be rare. Now it’s an epidemic. Matthew Desmond, the author of a landmark new book, explains how it happened.
Feb. 12 2016 9:33 AMSubway Cars Should Be Like CentipedesMost of the world has figured out this simple solution to overcrowding. Why does the U.S. resist it?
Jan. 28 2016 11:28 AMThe Next FlintThe communities most susceptible to calamitous infrastructure failures are marginalized places inhabited by marginalized people. And many of them are suburbs.
Jan. 10 2017 1:02 PMCities Need a National Movement Against Conservative MeddlingGood news! The mayor of Tallahassee just started it.
Dec. 14 2016 5:55 AM“They Can Just Take an Uber”Cities across the country are cutting public transportation because they think ride-hailing services will fill the gap. They’ll regret it.
Nov. 13 2016 5:00 PMTrump CountryRural Americans have the power to pick our presidents. They just chose a politician who’s unwilling and unequipped to help them.
Oct. 28 2016 12:02 PMHalloween’s Gift to Urban PlanningIt’s called the trick-or-treat test. It’s brilliant. And Zillow ruined it.
Sept. 9 2016 5:53 AMThe Shackling of the American CityLocal governments want to set their own minimum wages, gun laws, and smoking bans. And statehouses have methodically stripped away their powers to do so.
Aug. 23 2016 5:30 AMFull HouseExpensive American cities need to embrace group living. A messy fight in Colorado shows how hard that can be.
July 21 2016 2:17 PMWhy the RNC Won’t Do a Thing for ClevelandThe city has poured civic energy and hundreds of millions of dollars into the event. It’s unlikely to get much back.
July 12 2016 9:30 AMHow Did the Pedestrian Cross the Road?At a multiple-threat crossing, with great difficulty. How to avoid getting killed (or killing anyone).
June 7 2016 12:31 PMCan America’s Worst Transit System Be Saved?Detroit has a chance to allay decades of discord and neglect—if suburbanites vote to put the region first.
April 29 2016 1:48 PMBaltimore’s Next Mayor Doesn’t Want to Talk About RacismToo bad almost every issue in Baltimore, from segregation to transportation, is a race issue.
April 12 2016 12:24 PMThere Is Nothing Accidental About School SegregationIn his new book, Matt Delmont shows how controversies over “forced busing” allowed racist school policies in the North to persist.
April 1 2016 10:51 AMShutting Down Subway Lines Is What Grown-Up Systems DoD.C. is despairing because the Metro might close entire lines for months at a time. That’s not poor service. It’s good care.
March 3 2016 10:00 AMThe Ghost Tenants of New York CityThe city’s public housing complexes could have more than 100,000 people living there off the books. One of them explains why she does it—and how bad the affordability crisis has become.
Feb. 5 2016 10:07 AMDoes Baltimore Need DeRay Mckesson?The Black Lives Matter activist has made the city’s mayoral election a lot more complicated. He may be just what it’s missing. 
Jan. 19 2016 5:30 AMHow Bernie Sanders Made Burlington AffordableAs the city’s mayor in the 1980s, he championed an unusual model of publicly supported housing. It’s still working.

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